>>trace: more on the jobs picture. the labor department reports the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in september. but the numbers show that certain demographic groups, some of which tend to vote democratic, are still struggling in today's economy. now live for us in washington, dc. >>reporter: we are looking at african-americans, hispanics and young people. all he groups that went for president obama in 2008. all three groups have some of the highest unemployment numbers. again, the overall unemployment rate is 7.8 percent. let's look at african-americans, 20 years and older, september unemployment rate is 13.4 percent. for african-american men it is a tick higher, 14.2 percent, for women, 10.9 percent. hispanics, 20 and older, unemployment rate is 9.9 percent. a bit better for hispanic men, 7.6 percent, but worse for hispanic women at 9.8 percent.